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Sharks
Author: Sandra Forty

ISBN: 9781844063178
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1 January 2013
Dimensions (cm): 31 x 23.4 x 2.4
Description:
Much of our perception of sharks is as much a result of popular culture- Jaws was not the best propaganda as of reality. Two events in particular shaped North Americans' views of sharks: The Jersey Shore attacks of 1916 in which four people were killed and one injured- the events that gave Peter Benchley the idea for Jaws and the horrific story of the USS Indianapolis. Sunk by a Japanese submarine of the 900 men who entered the ocean, only 317 survived and although it's likely that most of those who died did so from exposure and dehydration, many of the sailors were attacked and killed by sharks.

Sharks have existed in their current form for over 400 million years, 200 million years before dinosaurs and have survived and adapted to the Earth's great climate changes and mass extinctions. Sadly the number of sharks killed by humans today is staggering so much so that many species are close to being endangered. Recent figures suggest that we may be killing 100 million a year for their meat, liver oil and cartilage. Shark fins are much sought after in Asia as a delicacy, prompting the very cruel act of finning or removing the find and discarding the carcass.

Many brave and curious men and w...

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